Pleasanton Rotary Club gives hand to scholars


The Rotary Club of Pleasanton awarded scholarships worth $10,000 to four Pleasanton students, who are now college juniors or seniors, based on financial need and interviews: Jason Roney, $3,500, a junior at University of Southern California; Bryce Taylor, $3,500, a junior at University of Arizona; Azar Dixit, $2,000, a senior at Williams College; and Lekha Kesavan, $1,000, a junior at Carnegie Mellon University.

Roney and Kesavan were honored at the Rotary meeting last week along with high school students who received scholarships ranging from $1,250 to $5,500: Lesley DeLaBarrera, Kareli Calva, Cindy Lopez, Maria Chavez, Sheree Bishop, Ricky Juarez Jr., Ellen Ebbers and Paulina Umansky, an event led by Rotarian Scholarship Chairwoman Nancy Harrington.

Cameron Bowers, a scholarship recipient from 2018, wrote to the Rotary Club about his successes at Las Positas College and his plans to transfer to a four-year college to study aerospace engineering.

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't feel very blessed and appreciative of your amazing generosity," Bowers said. "You have given me so much more than financial assistance; every day I carry myself with great confidence in attacking my dreams and aspirations simply because I know that you all believe in me, too."

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